Falcao: I want to win the Champions League

The Atletico Madrid striker is determined to win more silverware in the remainder of his career, and has admitted that he thrives when he is under increased pressure
By Martin Langer

Radamel Falcao has voiced his desire to add the Champions League to his trophy cabinet in the future as he aims to be as successful as possible.

The Colombia international has already won plenty of silverware over the years, with Atletico Madrid’s Europa League victory over Athletic Bilbao and the European Super Cup win against Chelsea earlier in 2012 among the highlights of his career.

However, Falcao is not satisfied with what he has achieved so far just yet, though, and has set his sights on more trophies both at club and international level.

"I would like to be remembered for the titles," the striker told Goal.com. "I would like to collect plenty of trophies. In terms of trophies I covet the Champions League and the World Cup, you never get enough of that.

"There have been some special moments already, important games, finals … so far the European Super Cup against Chelsea and the Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao have given me great memories."

The 26-year-old seems to perform best when it really matters, with man-of-the-match performances in the 2011 and 2012 Europa League finals, and a hat-trick in this year's European Super Cup, and he revealed that he indeed thrives under pressure.

"Perhaps my desire for victory makes me raise my level. I perform better than average at the critical moments. I had the chance to do it in three finals," he continued.

"Have I ever felt that I achieved perfection? Yes. In some games I seem to do everything right and every shot I take ends up being a goal. I can’t define it. You are just gifted and you put in a perfect performance."

Falcao is one of the undisputed stars of the footballing world right now, but the attacker has stressed that he has had to work hard and make sacrifices to fulfill his dreams.

"Obviously there are some things I cannot get back. I never experienced certain things, but my dream was to play football at a professional level," he added.

"I knew from the beginning that I was going to miss out on some life experiences in pursuit of my dream.

"Football takes things away from you but gives you many things back in return. I’m happy with the decision I made and I'm enjoying myself."

As well as leading the line for Atletico, Falcao is currently an ambassador for Western Union's PASS programme, an initiative which turns every pass in the Europa League into funding for a day of school.

The scheme intends to create one million school days over the next three years and builds on the work the company has already done to support education globally.

25/1 Radamel is 25/1 to win the 2012 Ballon d'Or with Paddy Power

Speaking of his own childhood, the Colombia international always felt he was destined to become a professional footballer, even if he struggled with defeat.

He continued: "Yes, [I was talented as a youngster]. I had the genetics of a player because my father was a footballer too. However, I also had plenty of dedication and this helped a lot.

"I don't know if I cried after defeats because I controlled my feelings well, but losing made me feel as if I was dying inside. I wasn't in peace when I lost."

Radamel Falcao was speaking as an ambassador of Western Union's PASS scheme which will run for three years with a goal of raising a million school days for children whose schooling has otherwise been compromised.